Hearts Made Whole (Beacons of Hope Series #2)

Hearts Made Whole (Beacons of Hope Series #2)

by Jody Hedlund

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Overview

1865
Windmill Point, Michigan

Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?


After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope...and possibly love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441269492
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Beacons of Hope Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 68,007
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured by Love, A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com.
Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at www.jodyhedlund.com.

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Hearts Made Whole 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Hearts Made Whole is a fabulous book! I love all of Jody Hedlund's books and this one is no exception. In this book, she tackles addiction, post dramatic stress disorder, and an unknown illness of the time. I really liked Ryan and Caroline. Especially, how strong of a person each had become. The story deals with quite a bit of turmoil, as well as, redemption and forgiveness. A great fabulous book! 10+ stars
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope series focusing on lighthouses of the Michigan's Great Lakes. Jody Hedlund weaves a compelling story from historical records that pays tribute to the enormous responsibility undertaken by those who faithfully served as lightkeepers of these vital landmarks. I loved Caroline's fortitude and determination to continue her role in the face of strong and equally determined opposition. Her devotion to the lighthouse coupled with her fierce loyalty to her family make her a force to be reckoned with! Tension builds as intrigue, danger, and romance weave together in a tale impossible to put down. A beautiful thread of compassion and grace runs through this story, as well. This not only makes a great summer read but if you are anywhere near the Great Lakes, you will want to visit the area where these magnificent beacons pushed back the darkness. Don't miss this book and this series! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Kathae More than 1 year ago
After watching her widowed father drown, Caroline Taylor assumes his responsibilities as the Lighthouse Keeper at Windmill Point, and as the provider for her four siblings.  Four months later, however, she is given notice to leave by week’s end.  Although her performance is exemplary, her supervisor is prejudiced against her because she is a woman. Her replacement, Ryan Chambers, stumbles into her life – and her home - drunk, unkempt, addicted to painkillers, and haunted by his memories of the Civil War.  Caroline faithfully keeps the light, while the new keeper sleeps. They come to an agreement in which Caroline works as his assistant and trains Ryan to do the job.  Ryan is grateful for her help, and he finds strength and healing in work and in her family. Strange things begin happening around the lighthouse, putting Caroline and her family in danger.  Caroline doesn’t want to leave the home and work she loves, but in order to protect her family, she considers accepting a marriage proposal from the local innkeeper’s feeble-minded son. I enjoyed reading this book, but as I was reading, it got better, and better, and better!  It is historical, romance, and suspense - something for everyone!  I highly recommend it. This is the second book in Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope series, and while I recommend the first book, Love Unexpected, this book easily stands on its own. I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this second book from Jody Hedlund's Beacons of Hope series! It is a wonderful inspirational romance filled with forgiveness, hope and love. Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still struggling with the horrors and physical injuries that he experienced during battle. Finding a job that he could do in a remote location and on his own sounds perfect when he is offered the job of lighthouse keeper. Caroline Taylor has been helping her father for years with his lighthouse keeping job and thought nothing of it when she continued doing it after he passed away in a tragic boating accident that left Caroline with the responsibility of caring for her younger sisters and brothers. Ryan is surprised to find the family still living there when he shows up, but soon realizes that he can't do his job without help from Caroline. Not only does he need someone to teach him his responsibilities, but he needs to get emotionally, physically and spiritually well before he can take care of anything or anyone else. Caroline is drawn to Ryan from the very beginning. She sees the wounded man that he has become, but when he lets his guard down she can also see the strong man that he once was. She believes that he will one day be that man again. While working and living so close to one another their friendship soon turns to love, but they both have loss to let go of before they can open up their hearts to hope and love. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.   Lori P
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GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
This story is full of action, suspense, romance, treachery, and timeless truth. Although it is an exciting read, the truths about God's attributes, such as goodness, mercy, grace, forgiveness, patience, love, and hope make it a great story. Jody Hedlund doesn't beat the reader over the head with them but masterfully weaves them into the story using her characters to bring them to light. I enjoyed the interaction between Caroline and her siblings. Her 10-year-old twin brothers can stir things up quicker than she can blink an eye and get into more trouble than Caroline and her younger sister, Tessa, can get them out of. Ryan Chambers, who we met in the first book of the series, has spent several years in the Union army and is trying to recover physically and emotionally. Caroline has been the acting light keeper of the Windmill Point Lighthouse since her father's death, but Ryan has been appointed to replace her as the new light keeper. Dealing with the lighthouse inspector has caused some tense moments but Ryan's arrival causes tensions on numerous fronts. Attacks seem to be coming at Caroline from every direction and I got caught up trying to figure out the real villain. There seemed to be a number of possibilities. At times the reader even finds it difficult to discern who is being targeted by the attacks. I recommend this book as a good story with a strong message. I encourage you to read the books in sequence.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Hearts Made Whole is book two in the Beacons of Hope series. It is a fantastic book. It can be read and appreciated as a stand alone but is better understood if read as a series. The characters each face their own share of problems and together face more trials. There is love, alcoholism, drugs, illness, fire, faith, family, and offers of marriage. I enjoy all of this author's books and this one did not disappoint. I look forward to reading more from Jody Hedlund. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
‘Hearts Made Whole’ is a historical novel set in post-Civil War Michigan at the Windmill Point Lighthouse. I very much enjoyed everything about this novel, from the setting to the characters and the story itself. It grabbed my heart from the beginning and didn’t let go. A storm was setting in on Lake St. Clair, and Caroline’s father had to take the doctor back to town, crossing the lake in a little rowboat. Quite a distance from shore, before the eyes of Caroline, her sister Tessa and twin brothers, the rowboat overturned. As hard as he fought to grab the boat, he was no match for the storm. They mourned and grieved, and Caroline took over the lighthouse duties. The lighthouse inspector brought not only the bad news that Caroline could not keep on as acting the acting lightkeeper, but that the little family, including her bedridden, ill sister, had a week to pack up and leave the cottage as a man returning from the war would take over the position. Caroline had nowhere to go unless she married the son of the local tavern owner and smuggler. When Ryan, the new lightkeeper arrived, they had not yet moved. He was in no condition to manage the position; Caroline offered to show him the job and he slept in an outbuilding for propriety. Tessa’s deceitful scheme was about to cost Caroline the man she was coming to respect and deeply care for. The explosive situation could also cost her and her younger siblings everything. Where was God in all of this? This riveting historical drama is even better than I had imagined. Caroline, Tessa, then Ryan were very well developed with the progress of the story. The tavern keeper, his son, and other townspeople were as developed as necessary for their roles as evidenced in their speech and behaviors. Caroline and her siblings, then Ryan, experienced their rich heritage of faith, but were very honest about their feelings and struggles with the Lord in light of their situations. When the novel was through, I wasn’t – it was hard to leave especially Caroline behind! The story itself demonstrated the historical time period, not in the dry words of dusty history tomes but showing with glowing word pictures the beauty and wild-ness of the location, the culture, and surrounding details. There was not a dull sentence, and every word was chosen well. The second in Jody Hedlund’s ‘Beacon of Hope’ series, it is easily read as a standalone. The title, ‘Hearts Made Whole’, sums up what is needed for the aching hearts and broken spirits of the protagonists, and reflects how their faith might be used. It was easy to be swept away to the lighthouse, see the value of women at that time and the expectations on those as the country struggled to recover from the war. It is not, however, predictable; various plot twists change the landscape of the story with stunning intensity. I highly recommend this admirable, exciting novel to women who appreciate Christian historical fiction of the time period, strong women protagonists, romance, and even mystery. It is one of the best Christian historical dramas I read in 2015, and one that I could absolutely enjoy again. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
At this point it is a given that I will devour anything Jody Hedlund publishes and her new Beacons of hope series is no exception. For some reason I always seem to be start reading a series with the middle book but that was not a problem. Each of these beautiful stories can stand alone with only a little reference to the previous works. Ryan Chambers is a beautifully flawed character who is looking to start his life over and make amends for past mistakes. When he discovers light keeper jobs are being offered to injured war veterans he sees the perfect opportunity. Caroline Taylor, after the death of her father, has been masterfully running the Windmill Point Lighthouse but soon finds herself being forced from the job she loves because of her gender. This is a touching story of healing and second chances told through captivating writing and in a setting I had never really given much thought to. Tessa was such a fun character and I truly felt sad for her as she learned from her mistakes just a little too late but bravely faced the consequences of her actions. I am truly happy she has her own installment of this series as well. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund can always be counted on to write riveting reads, and Hearts Made Whole is no exception. Taking the two love interests both with unimaginable personal lost and throw in the hero battling opium and alcohol and you have a heart wrenching tale. Taking place soon after the Civil War, Caroline Taylor has become the keeper of the Windmill Point Lighthouse in Michigan due to the unforeseen sudden death of her father. Now she must be the sole provider for her younger two sisters and two brothers. However, Caroline lives in a world before women’s rights and is told she will be replaced by a returning war veteran by the name of Ryan Chambers. Ryan is not a whole man and lives with the disfigurement the war brought on not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. Seeing that his addictions are crippling him to the point that he cannot perform his light keeper duties, he and Caroline make a pact. Basically for her to become his assistant and she and her family will remain living at the lighthouse cottage. There is an evil however that stalks Caroline and wants her out of the lighthouse for good no matter what the cost. As Ryan and Caroline begin to fall in love with each other they are buffeted by storms on all sides. Just when you think they are so close to their well-deserved HEA, Ms. Hedlund throws in a plot twist that literally felt like it bruised my heart. Oh! The angst of it all! Read this book if you must know. I so look forward to the next in the Beacons of Hope series. I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund is book two in the Beacons of Hope series. Set in 1865 in Windmill Point, Michigan, the book relates the story of a young woman lighthouse keeper, who has to take over the position made vacant by her father’s death. She is very expert and professional in her job, but some men oppose the position being held by a woman. She sees no other recourse for her family. Her mother’s death years before left Caroline to fill her role as mother to four other children. One sister has a serious medical condition, and another sister who is 18 assists as she can. Then there are two young twin boys. When her father unexpectedly dies, Caroline is left as their sole means of support. Ryan Chambers, Civil War veteran, is fighting his own battles after the horrors of war. His hand and arm injury has left him weak and dependent upon narcotics and alcohol. He secures the position of lighthouse keeper since the men in charge want a man in that job. Unknowingly, he arrives at the lighthouse, only to find that the family needs that home and income and that the woman is quite adept at the job. The story revolves around the conflicts and struggles that this predicament presents. Furthermore, someone is threatening the family with evil pranks and more life-endangering attacks. Ryan and Caroline are drawn together, but the hurts of the past and loss create seemingly insurmountable problems to overcome. I recommend this Christian romance that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Jody Hedlund's books since her very first and this one is no exception. Written very well and with accuracy as to historical events, Hedlund proves she very good at what she does. What I especially enjoy is that she bases her books on actual characters in history. The spiritual content of this one was very well done. I love it when characters decide that they must depend up on God alone to help them with their problems.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
“A distant flash of lightning crisscrossed the darkening skies of the west, followed by the call of a nearby loon. ‘I don’t think you should set out.’ Caroline Taylor clutched her shawl tighter against a cool gust that wrestled with it. ‘The storm’s coming fast.’” Page 7 This was a delightful read. Right from the beginning I was captured by Caroline Taylor’s life. Caroline, 21 years old, has had a hard life and recently witnessed the tragic death of her father. She has four siblings to think about now on her own—Tessa, 18 years old, Sarah, 13 years old and twins Harold and Hugh who are 10 years old. How will Caroline manage to feed and care for herself and her siblings especially when women are not supposed to be doing anything considered man’s work. Soon enters Ryan Chambers. Ryan is a veteran of the Civil War and although he is no longer fighting the war he still is fighting his own demons. He tries to leave his past behind, but poor choices and addictions leave him devastated. He soon becomes appointed to run the lighthouse that Caroline Taylor has run for years and years. This book is not only about these two main characters, but is about so much more. It is about God’s love in good times and in hard times. It is a book about trials in our lives. It is about redemption and our need to rely on our God who heals. “Caroline was tempted to cave in to the hatred. It beckoned her to release all the frustrations and disappointments she’d had with Tessa. The girl didn’t deserve her love anymore, especially after deceiving her and Ryan.” “But when had any of them deserved God’s love? They were constantly hurting and disappointing Him, and yet He remained patient with them. He continued to love them and call them His own.” Page 339. This book is about a God who continues to love us and call us His own. Enough said. Pick up a copy of this book and read. You will be taken in at the first page and will not be disappointed you sat down to read. I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
Annamarie98 More than 1 year ago
It's 1865 and Windmill Point, Michigan is the home of Caroline Taylor. She tends the lighthouse after her fathers death. But women aren't allowed to have such roles so it only a matter of tome before the high-strung lighthouse inspector appoints a man to fill her role. But the problem is Caroline is a excellent keeper; Ryan Chambers is not. A veteran of the Civil War, Ryan is haunted by what he and his men did in battle and outside of it as well. On pain medicine and now a heavy drinker, he is unable to perform his duties. Thank God for Caroline. She is becoming much more then the feisty lighthouse keeps who was supposed to be gone by the time Ryan arrived. He also didn't except this attraction and neither did Caroline.... ♥ ♥ ♥ Ah! I loved this book. It's written from my home state of Michigan and it was so cool read about real lighthouses that might be able to visit someday. I feel in love with Ryan and Caroline along with Esther and the twins. I never realized how hard it was for ladies in the late nineteenth century. I thought that Ryan and Caroline's relationship did move pretty fast, though. Or maybe it was just that so much time past so quickly that it just seemed fast. Either way, I did feel like the elements, along with another part, make his book for readers 15+. I did love this book though and will be passing it around to my family and friends to read as well! Four stars Jody Hedlund! Will be reading more from you! I was given this book from the Book Club Network for my honest review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic historical novel! This book can be read as a stand-alone story even though it is the second book in the series. There are a couple of brief references to characters in the first book but that is all. I absolutely loved both Caroline Taylor and Ryan Chambers. They both have enormous difficulties to deal with when they first meet. They each have a different way that they are approaching those problems though. Caroline believes in God yet she is so burdened with her responsibilities that she doesn’t really know how to trust Him to take care of her and her siblings. The heartache and uncertainty that she has faced already in her life caused me to just want to reach out and give her a hug and encourage her that she could get through the new problems facing her. Ryan has been wounded both physically and emotionally by the atrocities of the Civil War. These wounds have left him doubting God and his own worthiness as a man. His physical wounds were immediately described. As the story progressed we are then gradually told about the emotional burden that he is carrying. As trouble mounts and dangerous situations are faced they both need to learn how to turn to God for His help and strength. The steps that are taken by each of them were very clearly written and thought provoking. I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Mysterious and Romantic I have read and enjoyed Jody Hedlund’s work in the past, so when the opportunity came up to review this latest release, I eagerly snapped it up. I expect toe-curling romance, intricate setting, historical immersion, and strong spiritual content when I pick up one of her books, and those expectations were exceeded in this novel! Melancholy surrounded the opening chapters of the story, but it quickly turned a bit ominous as a mystery emerged. I didn’t expect it, but found it to be a fascinating part of the story and it provided several twists that I didn’t see coming. This added depth and complexity to an already fantastic plot and kept the action moving where it might otherwise have stalled. A female light keeper in 1865 was an unlikely heroine in many respects, but her single status and father’s death made it a necessity for Caroline. Her love for the light as well as her desire to provide for her siblings gave her depth and interest, while the loss of her job gives the story conflict. Ryan’s Civil War experiences and resulting problems make him an almost tragic hero who desperately wanted to do the right thing and determined to do so, even when it ended his own future hopes. I loved that both of these characters were essentially good but flawed; sometimes they just couldn’t help but do what they knew they shouldn’t, creating more problems for each other and themselves. Hope began to work its way into the characters’ lives through the spiritual content. I loved how Hedlund was able to insert strong spiritual themes into her writing, making them an integral part of the story. Many topics were addressed: God’s goodness despite circumstances, spiritual warfare, hardships bringing about blessings in disguise, and God’s perfect timing are all addressed with some depth. Forgiveness plays a large part in the novel, and I appreciated how it wasn’t portrayed as an automatic thing but a process that had to first be chosen, then extended to someone, even one who did not deserve it. This was in turn linked back to God forgiving us when we also did nothing, in fact could do nothing, to earn it ourselves. The romance was fantastic in this novel, though there were points were I couldn’t see how it could possibly work out. I liked that it was a combination of events, character traits, other characters, and past history that conspired to keep them apart rather than artificially throwing one obstacle after another at the couple. The distinction may be a small one, but it seemed so much more realistic the way that Ms. Hedlund wrote it. The moments they were together were beautifully written, and the prose was heartbreaking every time they separated. The ending never felt rushed; sometimes I get frustrated by the “and they lived happily ever after” endings that happen quickly and seem unconnected to the rest of the book, but this one took its time and slowly revealed the future for the characters we had read about for the last 300 pages. When I read the final page, I was able to sigh in contentment and immediately begin anticipating the next book in the series. I would highly recommend this novel to historical romance readers, but I think many historical fiction fans will find much to enjoy here, even if romance isn’t their usual genre of choice. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for this honest review.
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
Hearts Made Whole is book two in a series entitled “Beacons of Hope”. Caroline Taylor has assisted her father, the lighthouse keeper, for several years with all of the lighthouse duties. After her father’s unexpected death, Caroline continues to faithfully fill the duties of tending the light. One day the district lighthouse inspector unexpectedly informs Caroline that she has one week to pack her belongings and move. Ryan Chambers, a veteran of the War Between the States, has been appointed as the new head keeper. This can be read as a stand-alone book, rather than part of a series. The main characters face daily issues much like people today. Ryan battles his reliance upon drugs and alcohol to ease the pain resulting from injuries received during the war. Caroline worries about where she and her siblings will have to move and what work is available for her to support her family. The book follows these and other trials, and in the end, both learn to trust God more. The problems Ryan and Caroline face are believable; the other characters are interesting as well. Also there is a bit of mystery because someone is trying to get Caroline to leave the lighthouse. Although this book had redeeming features such as learning to rely on God’s strength, not that of oneself or another individual, I was disappointed in it and have no desire to finish the series. There were more sexual content references than I expected in a Christian novel and for this time period (1865). About two-thirds into the book, the story took a ludicrous turn, in my opinion. It seemed very contrived. I have read Jody Hedlund’s early books and enjoyed them very much. I haven’t read her more recent novels, so I was glad to get the opportunity to read another book by this author. Again, there were worthwhile portions in the book, but overall, I was glad when it ended. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Hearts Made Whole is a fabulous historical Christian romance written by Jody Hedlund. Although this author is new to me, I definitely will be reading more of her books! I began reading this book after I received it in the mail about 9:00 on a Thursday and finished it on Friday afternoon. I just couldn’t put it down! The heroine, Catherine Taylor, is a strong young woman who had been helping her father run the Windmill Point Lighthouse in Gross Pointe, Michigan on the shores of Lake St. Clair as well as helping to take care of her four siblings since the death of their mother. After watching her father’s boat capsize during a furious storm, and he and the doctor he tries to save drowns, she discovers that the District Lighthouse Director views her unfit to continue taking care of the lighthouse because she is a woman although she is doing a great job, and he informs her that a veteran of the Civil War has been hired, and she must leave. What will she do? How will she support her siblings? Carolyn remembers her father’s last encouraging words to her, “God is good all the time” and claims that for her life. The wounded war veteran, Ryan Chambers, arrives early. Although he is a disheveled drunk and pain killer addict who is haunted by memories of the war, Carolyn sees past all his shortcomings to see who he really is and could be if he turns his life over to God and heals both in body and soul. He makes an offer to Carolyn for her and her family to stay and be his assistant at the lighthouse, but someone does not like this arrangement and several strange and threatening incidents happen. This story line does not get dull and will keep your interest until the conclusion of the book. I received a copy of this book in a giveaway, but the choice to review it was mine.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Hearts Made Whole is book 2 in the Beacons of Hope Series. I have not read book one, and didn’t feel like I needed to in order to enjoy it. Hedlund did a great job of making the characters come to life. I felt their fear and their pain, along with their joy. It was really interesting that Caroline was the caretaker of her siblings. In most books the heroine is a young and free young lady, and it was refreshing that Caroline had responsibilities. I also really enjoyed that Ryan wasn’t perfect like so many heroes are. He had some things to work through and he had to learn to lean on God in order to do so. Hearts Made Whole takes place at the Windmill Point Lighthouse and along the coast of Michigan. Caroline had been helping her father run the lighthouse since he began having pain, and sees no reason to stop because he died. She takes great pride in her work and does an awesome job at making sure everything is taken care of. When her job is given to someone else Caroline’s life is turned upside down. Meeting Ryan is a total shock to Caroline, and they quickly form a friendship. Caroline realizes that she must teach Ryan how to properly run the light so that everyone traveling will have safe passage. When weird things begin to happen around the lighthouse, Caroline fears that her family is in danger. What will she do to protect those she loves? Can she protect her heart at the same time? Ryan takes the job at the lighthouse to escape his past and start over new. Little did he know that taking the position at that lighthouse will force him to confront his past head on. Ryan beats himself up when he thinks of what he’s done, or what he didn’t do. He is confronted with the man he has become and doesn’t like what he sees. Caroline is quick to forgive him and believes in him. Through her he slowly he learns that he can be better and get better. Who is trying to cause harm to Caroline and her family? Can Ryan escape his past and repay those he feels deserve it? Are Ryan and Caroline meant to be together? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. It has just the right amount of suspense mixed in with romance. I am going to keep my eye out for more books written by Jody Hedlund, and can’t wait to read book one. I know you will enjoy it too. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Hearts Made Whole***** book 2 Beacons of Hope series by Jody Hedlund Caroline Taylor loves running the Windmill Point Lighthouse on Lake St.Clair in Michigan. She started helping out her father when he ran the lighthouse and took over when he died. Besides keeping the lighthouse running, she also cares for her two sisters—one who is gravely ill—and young mischievous twin brothers. There is one problem however, it is 1865 and women lighthouse keepers were simply not done. The agent has informed her that she and her family have one week to vacate the premises for the new lighthouse keeper. Civil War veteran Ryan Chambers is still haunted by the horrors of battle. He finally found a job keeping a lighthouse in Michigan. He feels this is the perfect job for him right now as he certainly needs the isolation it will provide and maybe he can heal. From the start it is very clear that he needs much help in running the lighthouse and Caroline has offered her assistance. This book captured my attention from the first page to the last and I ended up reading late into the night. I fell in love with Sarah and enjoyed the twins antics. Danger brings some tense moments in the story and builds as the danger becomes evil in nature. I was trying to figure out who was responsible along with the characters. Parts of the story were heartbreaking and had me in tears. I loved the humorous parts, had me chuckling as I read. I like that the characters had flaws, just as we do, making their story believable. Also liked the spiritual element woven throughout. This story has so much to offer: mystery, danger, tears, heartbreak, joy, laughter, lurking evil, healing—physically and spiritually, betrayal, forgiveness, love and strong faith. ~I received a copy of this book from TBCN for my honest review~
angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading anything Jody Hedlund writes. Hearts Made Whole was no exception. I was quickly drawn into the character's lives from the very first pages. What I love about Caroline is her strong, mothering nature for her siblings. Family means doing what she has to do for them. She loves taking care of the lighthouse. It isn't a burden to her. After her mother died and her father got older she began to do more and more of both their jobs. She doesn't feel angry because of it. She does her daily routine with joy. Ryan is a broken, shell of the man he used to be but when he came to the lighthouse we begin to see glimpses of that man. The war has scared him in many ways. I never thought about how the older wars effected those who fought in them. They must have had the same types of nightmares as our men and women do now. Caroline learns to respect him quite early on and doesn't judge him for his shortcomings but believes he will be able to over come them and become whole again. We get to learn so much about the workings of the lighthouse and how important it was back then. Lives depended on the light keepers but there was still much danger and at times, death. I have always thought lighthouses were interesting and even beautiful, but I never thought about how much work went into running them. We also get a look at how challenging it was right after the war for those coming home to find jobs and how scarce medication and doctors were. I think reading is a great way to learn about history when you have an author who cares about writing things the way they happened in a certain time period. It has made me love history in a way I never did before. I highly recommend this book and the others in the series.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I have become a big fan of Jody Hedlund's work. So far her stories have been compelling and unique. If her name is on the cover then I want to read it. I enjoy her strong female leads and the unusual aspects of their histories. The first book in the Beacons of Hope series, Love Unexpected, introduced us to the exciting and challenging life of a female lighthouse keeper. Hearts Made Whole is the second book in the series and it centers around the Windmill Point Lighthouse. After the accidental death of her father, Caroline Taylor finds herself as the acting lighthouse keeper. She's very proficient at her job and even manages to balance it with caring for her four younger siblings. But the lighthouse inspector has nefarious plans to replace her so his underhanded schemes can continue. The Civil War has recently ended and the lighthouse board has decided to appoint veterans to vacant lighthouse keeper positions. Ryan Chambers is given the Windmill Point post which leaves Caroline and her siblings without a home or a source of income. To say that Ryan is a mess is an understatement. The war has left wounds that go much deeper than the visible scars. He needs Caroline and her skills to make everything work. But things begin to happen that are obviously meant to frighten Caroline into leaving. In what is becoming the trademark Hedlund style this story has a bit of everything. There is of course history combined with a complicated romance. The elements of mystery and intrigue speed the story along and keep you speculating as to who is behind the dangerous events. And finally the redemptive story of a second chance is the overriding theme that lifts this book above many in this genre. If you enjoy a fast paced story laced with the above elements then I think you will find not only Hearts Made Whole but the entire Beacons of Hope series a delightful read. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
All the trademarks of a Jody Hedlund novel are here - tender romance, poignant drama, and gripping suspense, all set within the framework of an interesting period in America's history. As with all of Jody's stories, my attention was captured on page one and never waned. There are a few instances of animal cruelty and while uncomfortable to read, they are realistic for the time period and a particularly villainous character, appropriately fitting into the overall storyline. Hearts Made Whole is #2 in the Beacons of Hope series, but easily stands alone. Jody excels at drawing from actual people, events, and locations in history and weaving together a fascinating story. Michigan's Windmill Point Lighthouse is the setting for Hearts Made Whole, beginning in the year 1865. Something that I'm especially enjoying is the historical background this series conveys about Michigan lighthouses of the past. Characterization is another strong point and I found Ryan and Caroline, as well as several secondary characters, extremely appealing. Ryan, a wounded Civil War veteran, is appointed lightkeeper at Windmill Point, effectively replacing Caroline, who had faithfully kept the light since the death of her father. Caroline is a strong yet feminine woman, dedicated, who unselfishly takes care of her younger siblings. Ryan is the flawed hero type that I love so much in literature - wounded during the war, plagued by inner demons, and with a hard-to-resist need for opium and alcohol to assuage physical pain and haunting memories. Lighthouses are always a strong draw for me, because I can't help but reflect on the spiritual themes they represent - danger, lostness, rescue, hope, safety, all epitomized in Jesus. Jody uses one of my pastor's favorite sayings, that "God is good . . . all the time" - and sometimes we just need to be reminded again of that truth. For a long time, Ryan sought relief from sources that could never heal or fulfill, just as we often do. It is so touching to see how the message of the beloved hymn, I Need Thee, is woven throughout. I loved the scene where, as Ryan looks out over the vast ocean and colorful sky, he first admits his need for God. I don't know what Jody has planned next, but we see a cross carved from driftwood being passed on through this series, and Ryan gives it to Caroline's sister, Tessa, toward the end of this story. Tessa's actions often made her difficult to like, but the promise of change is evident and I hope to see more of her. Hearts Made Whole is a wonderfully entertaining story that I am glad to recommend to all who enjoy historical romance. Thank you to Jody Hedlund and Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund's Hearts Made Whole Michigan’s Windmill Point Lighthouse provides the reader with the works involved with running a lighthouse. The story takes place around 1865. The author presents the historical life in this period. The lighthouse keeper drowns trying to rescue a doctor who had been at the lighthouse providing care for Sarah, one of his daughters. His death leaves his oldest daughter Caroline in charge of the lighthouse and all his children. Caroline had already been helping keep the lighthouse but she is a woman and according to the lighthouse board not capable to be named lighthouse keeper. Ryan Chambers is appointed. Ryan is a wounded war veteran. Most of his hand is missing plus he has shrapnel in the remaining part of his hand and arm . Ryan does not know much about keeping a lighthouse. Ryan has a problem with opium and drinking to ease his pain. Can he overcome his addiction? Will he be able to learn how to be a proper keeper? Will he keep Caroline and her family at the lighthouse? Will he and Caroline be able to work together? There were unexplained situations occurring at the lighthouse grounds. Who is behind these happenings? Why are they happening? The author weaves together intrigue, drama, mystery and romance that flows effortlessly. Her vivid descriptions make you feel as if you are there taking part in the story. Her characters are well defined and very realistic. There was undeniable chemistry between the main characters throughout the story. The author addressed many social issues such as loss and grieving, dealing with chronic illness, PTSD, drug and alcohol addiction, gambling, cockfighting and prejudice against woman. But the core of the story inspires the reader with the constant faith in God providing and His goodness that makes a difference in life’s decisions. Thank you to Jody Hedlund, the Influencers, Litfuse Publicity and Bethany House for providing a copy of this book. My opinion is my own.